UFCW v. Sunrise Poultry, 2015 BCCA 503

Judge:Bennett, Garson and Savage, JJ.A.
Court:Court of Appeal of British Columbia
Case Date:February 02, 2015
Jurisdiction:British Columbia
Citations:2015 BCCA 503;(2015), 375 B.C.A.C. 243 (CA);2015 BCCA 354
 
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UFCW v. Sunrise Poultry (2015), 375 B.C.A.C. 243 (CA);

    644 W.A.C. 243

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Temp. Cite: [2015] B.C.A.C. TBEd. AU.013

United Food & Commercial Workers Union, Local 1518 (appellant/plaintiff) v. Sunrise Poultry Processors Ltd. (respondent/defendant)

(CA41367; 2015 BCCA 354; 2015 BCCA 503)

Indexed As: United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1518 v. Sunrise Poultry Processors Ltd.

British Columbia Court of Appeal

Bennett, Garson and Savage, JJ.A.

August 12, 2015 and December 3, 2015.

Summary:

An employee was dismissed from his employment with the defendant company. The union launched a grievance. An arbitrator reinstated the employee with a disciplinary suspension and a disciplinary transfer to a different position within the company for a period of one year. The union objected to the employee's name being published in the arbitrator's award and argued that it should be initialized. The union submitted that the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) precluded arbitrators from including the personal information of grievors or witnesses in arbitration awards without the express consent of those individuals. The arbitrator rejected this argument. The Labour Relations Board upheld the arbitrator's decision. The union appealed.

The British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal. The disclosure of personal information without consent was "authorized by law" under s. 18(1)(o) of the PIPA. Section 96 of the Labour Relations Code required disclosure of an award to the director of the Arbitration Bureau.

Arbitration - Topic 7901

Judicial review (incl. appeals) - Jurisdiction of the courts - General - See paragraphs 39 to 50.

Arbitration - Topic 8704

Judicial review (incl. appeals) - Practice - Appeals - Jurisdiction - See paragraphs 39 to 50.

Courts - Topic 8684

Provincial Courts - British Columbia - Court of Appeal - Jurisdiction - Labour law - See paragraphs 39 to 50.

Labour Law - Topic 7041.3

Industrial relations - Collective agreement - Enforcement - Arbitration - Jurisdiction or powers of arbitrator or board - Respecting statutory rights (incl. human rights) and the general law - See paragraphs 76 to 90.

Statutes - Topic 2617

Interpretation - Interpretation of words and phrases - Modern rule (incl. interpretation by context) - Harmonization of statutes (incl. presumption of coherence) - See paragraphs 80 to 83.

Trade Regulation - Topic 9404

Protection of personal information and electronic documents - General - Application and interpretation of legislation (e.g., Personal Information Protection & Electronic Documents Act) - See paragraphs 63 to 90.

Trade Regulation - Topic 9444

Protection of personal information and electronic documents - Protection, collection or disclosure of personal information - Consent to collection or disclosure - See paragraphs 76 to 90.

Trade Regulation - Topic 9457

Protection of personal information and electronic documents - Protection, collection or disclosure of personal information - Exceptions - Disclosure "required by law" or "court order" - See paragraphs 76 to 90.

Cases Noticed:

Application Under Section 83.28 of the Criminal Code, Re (2004), 322 N.R. 161; 199 B.C.A.C. 1; 326 W.A.C. 1; 2004 SCC 43, refd to. [para. 23].

Re: Vancouver Sun - see Application Under Section 83.28 of the Criminal Code, Re.

Edmonton Journal v. Alberta (Attorney General), [1989] 2 S.C.R. 1326; 102 N.R. 321; 103 A.R. 321, refd to. [para. 23].

Okanagan College Faculty Association v. Okanagan College (2013), 349 B.C.A.C. 3; 596 W.A.C. 3; 2013 BCCA 561, refd to. [para. 40].

Health Employers Association of British Columbia v. British Columbia Nurses' Union (2005), 214 B.C.A.C. 66; 353 W.A.C. 66; 2005 BCCA 343, refd to. [para. 40].

British Columbia v. British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union (2005), 207 B.C.A.C. 119; 341 W.A.C. 119; 2005 BCCA 14, refd to. [para. 46].

United Steelworkers Local 9346 (Elkview Operations) et al. v. Teck Coal Ltd. (2013), 346 B.C.A.C. 155; 592 W.A.C. 155; 2013 BCCA 485, refd to. [para. 47].

Minister of National Revenue v. Canada Trustco Mortgage Co. (2005), 340 N.R. 1; 2005 SCC 54, refd to. [para. 62].

Social Services Administration Board (Parry Sound District) v. Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Local 324 et al. (2003), 308 N.R. 271; 177 O.A.C. 235; 2003 SCC 42, refd to. [para. 77].

Weber v. Ontario Hydro, [1995] 2 S.C.R. 929; 183 N.R. 241; 82 O.A.C. 321, refd to. [para. 77].

Claridge Development (Hawthorne) Ltd. et al. v. British Columbia et al. (2000), 136 B.C.A.C. 313; 222 W.A.C. 313; 2000 BCCA 104, refd to. [para. 81].

Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union v. Newfoundland and Labrador (Treasury Board) et al. (2011), 424 N.R. 220; 317 Nfld. & P.E.I.R. 340; 986 A.P.R. 340; 2011 SCC 62, refd to. [para. 83].

R. v. Sheppard (C.) (2002), 284 N.R. 342; 211 Nfld. & P.E.I.R. 50; 633 A.P.R. 50; 2002 SCC 26, refd to. [para. 83].

Statutes Noticed:

Personal Information Protection Act, S.B.C. 2003, c. 63, sect. 1 [para. 67]; sect. 18(1)(o) [para. 78].

Authors and Works Noticed:

Sullivan, Ruth, Sullivan and Driedger on the Construction of Statutes (4th Ed. 2002), pp. 326, 327 [para. 82].

Counsel:

C. Buchanan, for the appellant;

I. Chafetz, Q.C., for the respondent.

This appeal was heard at Vancouver, B.C., on February 2, 2015, before Bennett, Garson and Savage, JJ.A., of the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Bennett, J.A., delivered the following judgment for the court on August 12, 2015. Supplementary reasons were delivered by the court on December 3, 2015.

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